Wow, another blind squirrel finds a nut…

…and this morning it’s Kathleen Parker:

States’ rights and conservatism are old friends — except when they’re not. While many Republicans nurse a libertarian streak, the party has been selective in its support of federalist principles. The George W. Bush administration refused to honor states authorizing medical uses of cannabis, for instance, but aimed to return abortion and marriage issues to state jurisdictions.

Yes, indeed. I must say I am appalled at those — on the left and right — who advocate the “states’ rights” principle only when it suits them, on issues such as gun control and gay marriage. I am well aware of the purpose of the Tenth Amendment, but I am sure the Founders would be aghast at the prospect of the Tenth Amendment — or, for that matter, any other part of the Constitution (Commerce Clause, I’m lookin’ at you, kid!) — being used to sanction any abrogation of the people’s rights and liberties, as it so often seems to be these days.

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One Response to “Wow, another blind squirrel finds a nut…”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    TBeck (75.110.223.173)
    States have powers, specifically any powers not specifically enumerated as belonging to the federal gubmint.

    These days “States’ Rights” is just a tool the other side uses to argue against federal expansion into their particular scared cow, even as they do their best to gore the other guy’s holy bovine.

    I’m usually not too sad to see a federal statute weakened, unless it’s one that somehow protects the citizens against the depredations of a tyrannical state government.
    October 21, 2009, 7:17:11 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    the pistolero (68.203.231.7)
    These days “States’ Rights” is just a tool the other side uses to argue against federal expansion into their particular scared cow, even as they do their best to gore the other guy’s holy bovine.

    Yep, that’s pretty much the long and short of that. I do find it quite amusing in a way that the leftists use that in the way they do, but it’s still infuriating.

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